Events

  • 2018 Sep 27

    Protest Dialectics: State Repression and South Korea's Democracy Movement, 1970-1979

    Location: 

    The Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Harvard-Yenching Library Book Talk; co-sponsored by the Korea Institute
    HYL Book Talk - Prof. Paul Chang

    Paul Chang
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

    Afternoon Tea with the Author: Harvard-Yenching Library Book Talk is a series of...

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  • 2018 Sep 28

    Harvard Track II Dialogue on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

    Location: 

    1 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138, Room 401
    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Seoul Forum for International Affairs (SFIA); Co-sponsored by the Korea Institute, Harvard Belfer Center's Korea Working Group, Seoul Forum for International Affairs
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    AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

    With the next inter-Korean summit and Xi Jinping-Kim Jong Un meeting scheduled for September, we’ll be convening a special Seoul...

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  • 2018 Oct 04

    Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Suite 200 N
    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Democracy in Hard Places Seminar; co-sponsored by Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Harvard Korea Institute

    Joseph Wong
    Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, a Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto

    Professor Joseph Wong was appointed Associate Vice-President and Vice-...

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  • 2018 Oct 04

    The Korean Peninsula in Flux: South Korea’s ‘Candlelight Revolution’ and Its Impact

    Location: 

    Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
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    Paik Nak-chung
    Professor Emeritus of English, Seoul National University

    Paik Nak-chung, literary critic, editor, and Professor Emeritus of English at Seoul National University, has authored...

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  • 2018 Oct 09

    Political Origins of Cybersecurity Capacity: Lessons from Japan and East Asia

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Presentation; co-sponsored by the Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Harvard Korea Institute

    Ben Bartlett
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Dr. Bartlett holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Earlham College, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a recipient of fellowships and grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Waseda University, and the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. His working papers have addressed measurement of power and capabilities in cyberspace; Japan’s industrial policy and cybersecurity; and territorial conflict and disputes. During the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Bartlett will conduct research on Japan's cyber security promotion efforts in Southeast Asia.

    Chaired by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Kim Koo Foundation.

  • 2018 Nov 19

    Breasts, Cancer, and Women in Korea, 1800–1930s

    Location: 

    TBD
    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Harvard Asia Center Science and Technology Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Korea Institute

    Professor Soyoung Suh
    Department of History and the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Dartmouth College

    Soyoung Suh graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles in 2007 with a thesis entitled “Korean Medicine between the Local and the Universal: 1600-1945.” Her dissertation examines the rise of an indigenous identity in medicine, which was intertwined with regionalism, nationalism and colonialism. After spending one year at Harvard...

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  • 2018 Dec 05

    "Engaging North Korea: What are the Current Signposts Telling Us?"

    Location: 

    Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Asia Beyond the Headlines series; co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, Korea Institute, and Harvard Belfer Center's Korea Working Group

    Panel Participants: TBD

  • 2018 Dec 06

    Between Freedom and Death: Female Taxi Drivers and Cross-Gender Labor in Authoritarian South Korea

    Location: 

    Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Korea Colloquium

    Todd Henry
    Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California at San Diego

    Todd Henry (Ph.D., UCLA, 2006; Associate Professor) is a specialist of modern Korea with a focus on the period of Japanese rule (1905-1945) and its postcolonial afterlives. A social and cultural historian interested in global forces that (re)produce lived spaces, he examines cross-border processes that link South Korea, North Korea, Japan, and the US in the creation of “Hot War” militarisms, the transpacific practice of medical science, and the embodied experiences of hetero-patriarchal capitalism. Dr. Henry’s first book, Assimilating Seoul (UC Press, 2014), addressed the violent but contested role of public spaces in colonial Korea. He has also written several related articles on questions of place, race, and nation in colonizing and decolonizing movements on the peninsula. Currently, Dr. Henry is completing his second book, entitled The Profit of Queerness. This study of authoritarian development in Cold War South Korea (1948-1993) examines the ideological functions and subcultural dynamics of queerness as they relate to middlebrow journalism and sexual science, anti-communist modes of kinship and citizenship, and globalized discourses and practices of the “sexual revolution.” A sample of this new work appears in his edited volume, Queer Korea (Duke UP, 2019).  A third book will explore how the pre-WWII history of imperialism and militarism in the Asia-Pacific region informed articulations of virile masculinity and practices of gay sex tourism in postwar Japan and across its former empire.  Dr. Henry has received two Fulbright grants (Kyoto University, 2004-2005; Hanyang and Ewha Womans Universities, 2013), two fellowships from the Korea Foundation (Seoul National University, 2003-2004; Harvard University, 2008-2009), and one fellowship from the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (Seoul National University, 2019). At UCSD, he is an affiliate faculty member of Critical Gender Studies and Science Studies. From 2013 until 2018, Dr. Henry served as the inaugural director of Transnational Korean Studies, the recipient of a $600,000 grant from the Academy of Korean Studies as a Core University Program for Korean Studies.

    Chaired by Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University

    Abstract:
    TBA

    Generously supported by the Min Young-Chul Memorial Fund at the Korea Institute.